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Your favorite example of Warwick tone

Discussion in 'Warwick Basses' started by socialleper, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. I'd like to see people share their favorite recordings that really demonstrate the tone of a Warwick bass.

    IMO you can't hear the sound of a Thumb bass anywhere better than Mudvayne for fretted and Obscura for fretless. In my mind those are definitive Thumb sounds.

    What are your favorites?
  2. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 EBMM Nut

    Jul 5, 2010
    Santa Barbara, CA
    Obscura's Cosmogenesis. Absolutely.
  3. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Supporting Member Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Social Media Manager & Product Development for GHS Strings
    The sound that did it for me was the Thumb tone from Melvin Gibbs in the WEIGHT album from Rollins Band. It was throaty and meaty, and was the gateway into looking into the "sound of wood."
  4. Means2nEnd

    Means2nEnd Supporting Member

    Saw a couple live Fishbone shows in Philly and had my head blown off with a live Thumb all up in it.
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  6. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    In retrospect, that album's been one of the more influential ones in my approach to bass playing -- both Melvin's aggressive natural tone as well as his willingness to add effects when they suit the song.
  7. Does anyone know a recording that has a really solid SS2 sound on it?
  8. punkjazzben


    Jun 26, 2008
    Good examples of Thumb and SS2 in action would be 311. The bass is high in the mix and not engulfed by other stuff.

    Stuart Zender with Jamiroquai is also great for SS2, as is Dirk Lance with Incubus.

    I do find that Streamers can be a little harder to pin down, perhaps due to different pickup configurations.
  9. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Supporting Member Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Social Media Manager & Product Development for GHS Strings
    I would agree. That, and COME IN AND BURN really inspired me. Have you heard the album, WEIGHTING? Rollins released all of the outrages and songs that didn't make the initial album, which really bordered on some free jazz at moments. Easy to see why they were cut, but both albums together give a great picture of that band.
  10. +1 Mudvayne Thumb tone!
    +1 Dirk Lance Incubus!
    Check out "Art Metal" with Jonas Hellborg, most likely a Warwick of some sort.
  11. JP Morin

    JP Morin

    Mar 15, 2011
    also check "One Minute Silence" bass tone on the 2 last albums, "one Lie Fits all" (best sound I think), and "Buy Now... Save later..." (cleaner sound than one lie fits all)... These convinced me to buy my SSII...
  12. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    P-Nut's tone has always been one of my favorites (and probably what turned me on to Warwick basses way back in the day).
  13. I've never heard of this band, I'll have to check it out.
  14. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    Norwood Fisher of Fishbone.
  15. JP Morin

    JP Morin

    Mar 15, 2011
    Well, they split a couple of years ago, in mid 2000 and get together again not so far ago with a new drummer. ( The former got sick (cancer??) and died, but I'm not sure about the died thing... but sad story indeed )

    here's some youtube :

    from one lie fits all :


    from buy now... save later...


    there is some other nice songs one u-tube... I love that band and SSII !! lol
  16. The first three Dave Matthews Band records.
  17. Means2nEnd

    Means2nEnd Supporting Member

    Just was going over some old Dirk tones and this older Incubus tune although not one of my favorites nails the open but full thick tone of a Streamer 2. Makes me smile and reach for the closest Warwick in the room...

  18. That is some good bass tone. The lyrics and vocals are a little weak though.
  19. Good one! I forgot that guy used to play Warwick. I think he switched to Modulus.
  20. Indiedog


    Aug 23, 2012
    Tucson, AZ
    How about ANYTHING played by Jack Bruce on his Warwicks?
  21. blindrabbit

    blindrabbit Supporting Member

    Absolutely! For example, his tone on A Question Of Time is fantastic, in particular the tunes "Life On Earth" and "No Surrender". In fact, I think it was Bruce's sound on those two tunes that made me spend the next 22 years lusting after a Thumb to call my own.

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